Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Con­sumer and Com­mu­ni­ty Lead

Paul Williams

Con­sumer and Com­mu­ni­ty Lead

Paul Williams joins The CEIH as our new Com­mu­ni­ty and Con­sumer Lead. 

Orig­i­nal­ly from The UK, Paul has lived in South Aus­tralia for the last 15 years and has served Australia’s Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment as an Employ­ment Facil­i­ta­tor in the face of the COVID19 pan­dem­ic by tai­lor­ing approach­es to accel­er­ate reskilling, upskilling, and employment. 

As the Chair of The Local Jobs Pro­gram — Jobs and Skills Task­force’ Paul, along with a team of experts, devel­oped a Local Jobs Plan’ which iden­ti­fied work­force needs, job seek­er sup­port and place-based priorities.

His­tor­i­cal­ly, Paul has served The British Car­diac Patients Asso­ci­a­tion as Vice Chair­men to ensure the patient and car­er voice was con­sid­ered when gov­ern­ments and health net­works need­ed to imple­ment change espe­cial­ly when faced with crit­i­cal issues and evi­dence-based programs. 

Paul has sup­port­ed UK cen­tral and devolved gov­ern­ments espe­cial­ly in the design and deliv­ery of Nation­al Ser­vice Frame­works (NSF’s) with the first of these relat­ing to Car­diac Care and lat­er oth­er chron­ic dis­eases such as Dia­betes and Can­cer. These NSF’s iden­ti­fied long term strate­gies for improv­ing spe­cif­ic areas of care. They set nation­al stan­dards, iden­ti­fied key inter­ven­tions, and put in place agreed time scales for implementation.

Paul also cou­pled his qual­i­fi­ca­tions in com­put­er sci­ence and project man­age­ment in 2003 to help cre­ate a proof of con­cept for the Sin­gle Inte­grat­ed Health­care Record, the pre­cur­sor to today’s Local Health and Care Records deliv­ered by the NHS.

Pauls inter­est in health­care stems from his lived expe­ri­ence with Ray, his Dad, who suf­fered from Coro­nary Heart Dis­ease and was the first Patient in The UK to ben­e­fit from and Implantable Car­diac Defib­ril­la­tor and also his Sis­ter Kay who died sud­den­ly aged 34 after being undi­ag­nosed with Pul­monary Hyper­ten­sion.
More recent­ly Paul has been work­ing with fam­i­ly NDIS recip­i­ents and in the UK spe­cial­ist Demen­tia care providers.